Cool Burn

 

Parks Victoria conducted a cool burn in Canadian (Woowookarung) Regional Park on 9 May 2017. The crew involved are commended for the environmental awareness.

Austral Grass-trees were individually ignited. The fuel load was reduced by burning the dry skirts without damaging Common Heath flowering near by.

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Cool burn of Austral Grass-tree skirts

This should reduce the heat of future burns and prevent the damage done to hollow trees as seen in a hot burn in 2015.

 

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A Walk in Canadian Forest

Bring on the Emperor

This caterpillar was spotted in some bush near Bannockburn recently.

Emperor Gum Moth larvae

A chance inspection

Unfortunately sometimes the only way we get to see a bird close up is when it dies. In this case it was a juvenile Crimson Rosella. The colouring is beautiful.

 

Insect Plant Interactions

At our March meeting the topic was insect plant interactions. Here are some photos of different insects on an everlasting daisy. Each insect is getting something from the plant. Our 7 April meeting is something completely different and will be about the Falkland Islands. This year’s meeting topics and excursions list has recently been updated  – link

 

What is in a name?

Over the years there has been uncertainty in which name is correct for one of the sites we regularly visit. Do we go to Mt Beckwith or Mt Beckworth? At last night’s meeting a copy of a letter was presented that clarified the name to use. The letter written in 1988 was from Dr Jim Willis in response to Helen Burgess, one of our members.

in part it says …

My apologies for having kept you waiting nearly a month for a response to your letter of May 20th, re correa occurrence at Mt. Beckwith – I do think that ought to be accepted as the spelling, since Major Mitchell named the mount after his former military colleague, Col. Thomas Sydney Beckwith; goodness knows who subsequently mis-spelt the name “Beckworth”. Anyway, it’s a great pity that the musical aboriginal name of “Nananook” had not been retained…….

A window on our past

At our February 2017 meeting, Susan Kruss gave a really interesting presentation about some of the club history. Susan is undertaking a thesis “A Voice for Nature”, on the various ways our club has given nature a voice.

Here is a link to the slides with notes. Just click on one of the slides to make it bigger.

Digital Resources

Jacky Winter

Jacky Winter

At our club meeting on Friday night mention was made about the recent SWIFFT video conference.  It was all about new digital resources such as databases  where you may add your own sightings, projects,photos or chat with others interested in biodiversity. If you have records why not add them to a database where they can contribute to our knowledge of our local biodiversity. It would be a great place for your field reports.

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Reviewing the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Glossodia major Wax-lip Orchid

Glossodia major Wax-lip Orchid

The Victorian Government is reviewing the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, a key part of Victoria’s legislative framework for the protection and management of biodiversity.

The Act’s objectives aim to conserve all of Victoria’s native plants and animals. Continue reading

Victoria Dam Smythesdale

While out taking photos of duck orchids yesterday I took this photo of Victoria Dam with my phone set on panorama. Most water we have seen in the dam for quite a while.